Symposium: Open-access web-register for animal names

Frank Krell f.krell at NHM.AC.UK
Thu Sep 22 15:50:08 CDT 2005

Dear Colleagues,

in this week's issue of 'Nature' an international group of zoologists led by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature presents an initiative* which might make zootaxonomical work much easier and more accessible: ZooBank, an open-access web-register would provide all new taxonomic names in zoology with bibilographic information, and ideally with facsimiles of the original descriptions. This service would be combined with the requirement of registration of all new zoological names.
This project would have far-reaching consequences for taxonomical working-practices and will work only with the support of the zootaxonomical community. Therefore, we are keen to facilitate open discussion of the ZooBank project in the taxonomic community. An online discussion list has been established at, and a technical discussion paper has been posted at
At the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Fort Lauderdale, a late-breaking symposium on 9 November will provide informative talks about and beyond ZooBank and offer a panel discussion of the idea of a central open-access registry of taxonomic names and descriptions (schedule below).
You are all invited to join the symposium and enter the debate. Information about the ESA meeting can be found at
Frank Krell

*) Polaszek, A., Agosti, D., Alonso-Zarazaga, M., Beccaloni, G., Place Bjørn, P. de, Bouchet, P., Brothers, D.J., Earl of Cranbrook, Evenhuis, N., Godfray, H.C.J., Johnson, N.F., Krell, F.-T., Lipscomb, D., Lyal, C.H.C., Mace, G., Mawatari, S., Miller, S.E., Minelli, A., Morris, S., Ng, P.K.L., Patterson, D.J., Pyle, R.L., Robinson, N., Rogo, L., Taverne, J., Thompson, F.C., Tol, J. van, Wheeler, Q.D. & Wilson, E.O. 2005. A universal register for animal names. Nature 437: 477.

------------------------------------------------ESA Annual Meeting 2005, Fort Lauderdale
Late-breaking symposium
Revolutionising taxonomy through an open-access web-register for animal names and descriptions

Wednesday, 9 Nov. 2005; 13:30-15:30

Organizer: Frank Krell, Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK; F.Krell at

Frank Krell (Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London UK) & Andrew Polaszek (ICZN, London):
"ZooBank: the ICZN's open-access web-based register of all new animal names and original descriptions"

Nigel Robinson (Thomson Zoological, York, UK):
"ZooBank and Zoological Record" (working title)

Neal Evenhuis & Richard Pyle (Bishop Museum, Honolulu):
"Implementing the Digital Taxonomic Revolution: Strategies for a Successful Web-Based Registry of Taxonomic Names"

Donat Agosti (American Museum of Natural History NY) & Norman Johnson (Ohio State University, Columbus):
"Copyright: the new taxonomic impediment"

James Woolley (Texas A&M University):
"Name accessibility: One less impediment to taxonomy"

Talks 10-15 min each, followed by

Panel discussion

Neal Evenhuis, Norm Johnson, Frank Krell, Nigel Robinson, Christian Thompson (USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory), Jim Woolley


Dr Frank-T. Krell
Head, Coleoptera Division
Editor, Systematic Entomology
Department of Entomology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD, U.K.
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7942 5886
Fax +44 (0) 20 7942 5229
f.krell at

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